Luther Pendragon has acquired financial and corporate PR firm Corfin. The agency was founded in 2004 by former Brunswick pair Harry Chathli and Neil Thapar, both of whom will become directors and shareholders in Luther Pendragon. The agency has also hired ex-journalist and Whitehall comms professional Ceri Evans as an associate.
Tulchan Communications has hired Neil Duffy, a director at Interbrand, as a managing partner. Duffy will take responsibility for managing Tulchan's existing businesses in London and Singapore.
FWD, the financial comms group, has acquired First Quartile to focus on the asset management and investment management sector. Under the terms of the deal, First Quartile, headed by Nick Dyer and Caroline Haley, has relocated to FWD's City offices. The agency will continue to maintain its name and operate as a brand under the umbrella of FWD Group.
Hill & Knowlton has appointed Matt Bright as an associate director in its financial and professional services team. Bright was previously associate director at Open Road and worked in comms at the Greater London Authority for five years.
BAA, the owner and operator of Heathrow Airport, has hired BBC journalist Richard Scott as head of news. Nathan Fletcher also joins BAA from the Environment Agency, where he was chief press officer, as head of comms planning.
Brunswick has appointed David Ashton as an account director in the group's opinion research practice in Hong Kong. He joins from BritainThinks and has previously worked at Populus.